The Family has a long history with the Lone Cypress of Pebble Beach. Click on this article link, written by Maxine and published by The Del Monte Forest in honor of The Lone Cypress. 


Award Winning Author, Maxine Carlson’s newest publication update:

Above the Clouds

– Release Date Spring/Summer 2023-

Monterey Bay, Fisherman’s Wharf Spring launch, United Kingdom Summer 2023 launch, Italy launch will be announced via press release soon. 

Above the Clouds, is the third children’s book, by children’s book author Maxine Carlson, illustrated by Drew McSherry. Set in the mystic island of Sicily, Italy. Maxine shares an inspiring tale, based on a cherished life honoring Maria Grammatico, along with a love for Sicilian almond sweets. Celebrate diversity and take time to learn folktales while feeling encouraged to write and record your own story.


Click on ‘Join the Famiglia’ to subscribe (at the home page) for launch events and book party invitations. Once travel is safe, a fabulous book release party is planned at Carousel Candies in Monterey Bay, California and also in Erice, Sicily, Italy. 

-Bella Sophia, A Mermaid’s Tale-

We are happy to announce that this book is awarded a 2020 Silver Moonbeam Book Award.






Support small owned businesses, read below for local retailers selling exclusive autographed books. 

Follow along as Bella Sophia, encouraged by a dynamic mermaid legend, blossoms with confidence and joy. This uplifting story of love and acceptance will enchant readers (and mermaids) of all ages. This book will take you on a journey of a lifetime from the Pacific Coast of Monterey Bay (iconic Cannery Row) California, the Mediterranean Island of Sicily, Italy, and to the breathtaking scenery of the magical mermaid cove of Tunisia, Africa. Hearts and imaginations are captivated in this delightful story by award winning author Maxine Carlson paired with award winning Drew McSherry’s fanciful illustrations. Get ready to ignite your heart with pure delight. Recipes, book club notes and step by step directions for a ‘bathtub mermaid soak’ are included.





Poppy Hills is surrounded by wild huckleberries and is the very next stop along the 17-Mile Drive (after my Huckleberry Hill neighborhood).

Monterey Fisherman’s WharfCarousel Candies (Featuring hand-made huckleberry confections including; lolli’s, salt water taffy and gourmet huckleberry truffles.)

Big Sur- Nepenthe, The Phoenix Shop

(At Nepenthe stop by for checkers and games on the patio, a delicious ‘ambrosia burger’ and the amazing view! The Phoenix has unique gifts and Big Sur inspired products.

Big Sur- The Big Sur River Inn General Store:

At The River Inn, dip your toes in the river, get a yummy lunch at The General Store (the burrito bar is a local favorite) and a signed copy of The Wild Buck.

Carmel-by-the-Sea- Laub’s Country Store (Carmel Classics). Stop by this ‘local favorite’ at the corner of Ocean Ave. and San Carlson for gifts and clothing, high quality and affordable pricing.

Carmel-by-the Sea- Thinker Toys

Monterey, Del Monte Shopping CenterThinker Toys (next to Starbucks look for toy soldiers)

Special Edition, Autographed Book and Mermaid Bath Soak Gift Set, Online via Papa Vince. 

Non-autographed books available at independent books stores or on-line Barnes & Noble or Amazon


Join Maxine Carlson as she signs books and shares inspiration at these following events:

Due to COVI-19 events have been cancelled. Stay safe and healthy and we hope to be in personal contact once this passes. Until then, feel free to email at 


The Wild Buck, Adventures on Huckleberry Hill, Book 1

Join Molly and Fern in search of a wild buck in this heartwarming tale. Creative sister Molly loves daydreaming. Fern can’t sit still. Nonna Frances creates Italian inspired culinary delights with locally sourced Monterey Bay wild huckleberries. They make a fun and enthralling team.  Each chapter includes a delicious recipe. Become a naturalist as Monterey Bay coastal stewardship is embraced via everyday adventures. Explore the nature and fauna of a world famous evergreen climate.  This engaging story is majestically set along the rustic central coast. Return to Huckleberry Hill often. What adventures shall we plan next? The Wild Buck is a GOLD MEDAL, 2018 Moonbeam Award winning book honored for exceptional children’s literature. 




Keep following your dreams! XO Maxine #huckleberryhilladventure

-Let’s Be Creative-

Book characters Molly and Fern encourage you to make art and crafts. Gather crayons and do a water color wash, add stickers or magnetic letters for a collage. ‘Upcycle’ (recycle) paper plates to make an adorable sea otter! We hope to see you around Monterey Bay!


 Thank you all for embracing happiness through books and sharing Italian recipes. Keep having adventures! XOXO


The Sugar Plum Fairy Party’ was a festive holiday luncheon in Carmel-by-the-Sea at Sunset Center. Book character ‘Nonna’ (performed by Nonna Catherine) featured The Wild Buck, set in Del Monte Forest, for a book reading. This ‘Silver Anniversary’ showcasesed the iconic Del Monte Hotel, with characters Sam Morse, John Steinbeck, Salvador Dali and Louis Armstrong.

-Thank You American Veterans For Your Service-

Ricardo Porlito, Vietnam Vet, won The Wild Buck. Ricardo’s wife is a teacher.

The Wild Buck, and it’s coordinating merchandise, has been awarded a gold medal. The ‘Moonbeam Award’ brings recognition to exemplary children’s books and celebrates life-long reading.

Having a blast on the ‘Shagbag Show’ (tune in at 9am PST each Saturday) at 1460 am or 101.1 FM (KION) or

-Visiting California? Stop by historic Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf-

Look for the ‘pretty in pink’ building (Carousel Candies) with the authentic taffy puller! Delicious hand made huckleberry salt water taffy, lolli’s, huckleberry truffles and gourmet candy boxes are featured along autographed book sets. Hand making confections for over 55 years this iconic landmark, with it’s famous treats, is a ‘must see’ experience… a local favorite. 

Local author’s gather in the city of Carmel, at the Harrison Memorial Library (for a roundtable panel).

Unplug with Huckleberry Hill Adventure:

Visit our Huckleberry Hill Boutique for unique Pacific Coast inspired gift items. International shipping available.

Life handing you lemons? (image: Lena Max Photography) Make cello via our love limoncello boutique!





My name is Maxine Carlson. My husband Eric, daughter Bella Sophia and dog Snowball are the light of my life (photo below). I am following my dream of writing and publishing children’s books. Follow my family as we have Italian inspired culinary and life adventures on Huckleberry Hill in Pebble Beach California.


Huckleberry Hugs, Maxine (A.K.A. Molly)


My lights, Bella Sophia and hubby Eric. At beautiful San Carlos Cathedral Royal Presidio Chapel in Monterey.


Maxine Carlson is a proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

The Wild Buck (Book 1 of the Huckleberry Hill Series) was awarded with the 2018 GOLD MEDAL for outstanding children’s literature.